Jimmi Simpson (Zodiac, Stay Alive and Joe Lynch’s forthcoming Knights of Badassdom) has rounded out the cast of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, reports Variety. He will play Lincoln’s right hand man.
Simpson joins a cast that includes Ben Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie and Mary Elisabeth Winstead.
Timur Bekmatebov will direct from Seth Grahame-Smith’s adaptation of his own novel. Tim Burton and Jim Lemley will produce. The story focuses on the president who after having his mother murdered by monsters, is on a quest to rid the world of vampires.
The pic will be shot in 3D with production set to start in March with Fox releasing it on June 22, 2012.
Seth Grahame-Smith’s revision of a Jane Austen classic blew readers’ minds and became an instant national bestseller. Now, he tackles our greatest president… When Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the “milk sickness.” Only later did he learn that his mother’s deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect a debt owed by Lincoln’s father. When Abe learned the truth, he vowed revenge and kept one passion hidden throughout his life: the brutal elimination of all vampires. His valiant, bloody fight against the undead was all but lost to history, until Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln. Using the journal as his guide, Seth reconstructs Lincoln’s life story and uncovers the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation. You don’t know Abe. Honest.